You know those Hallmark greeting cards, that when you open then, play a tune? That technology is based on a patent developed by a British company called NXT . It allows sound to be heard through objects, like the greeting card, or like car roofs (Toyota uses it for its sound in one of their cars).
Using the same patented technology, Silicon Valley Global's TuneBug is releasing three devices that on one side connect to a music system (like an MP3 player, or iPod, or GPS) and on the other side are placed ONTO a motorcycle helmet. No wires are required inside the helmet since there are no loudspeakers! Your helmet is the loudspeaker!
The TuneBug makes your helmet vibrate, conducing the sound. According to the report (see the Via:) there is no notice- able vibrations from the helmet. Also, you don't need to put it on a helmet, you can place it on anything that vibrates.
The three devices from TuneBug, Vibe, Shake and Quake are all based on the same technology. The Quake has the added advantage that you have a microphone, so you should be able to use it with an intercom or mobile phone.
No prices are released so far, but expect between US$40-80.
The CEO of Silicon Valley Global (SVG) is none other than the guy who created good old Radio Shack back in the 80's, Richard Brown.
It's an interesting concept, since it means that you don't need to tear open the lining of your helmet, and it's also easier to take along and change helmets. My only concern would be sound quality and stereo.
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Via: NY Times